The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick That you attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This increases your chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Muskogee winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc.. You can reach us at 918-682-8238, or arrange an appointment with us online.